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** After K-9 was written out of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in "Warriors' Gate", various models of K-9 (although this is played down to the point that non-fans probably don't realise that in-canon there is more than one version of the character) have intermittently appeared in different parts of the franchise, including a period as a regular character in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' and ''Series/{{K9}}'', a short-lived Australian series with little connection to the rest of the franchise due to rights issues.
23rd Mar '17 12:13:10 PM Michael1973
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** Cordelia spent a good portion of her last season of ''Angel'' in a coma despite nominally being in the opening cast. [[spoiler: In fact, the Cordelia we had been seeing for most of the fourth season wasn't exactly Cordelia, strictly speaking, but was her being controlled by a God-like entity. Furthermore, she spends half of Season 3 on vacation with Groo, and so does not appear then either. She later came BackForTheDead in the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th Episode]], but was later revealed to be DeadAllAlong.]]

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** Cordelia spent a good portion of her last season of ''Angel'' in a coma despite nominally being in the opening cast. [[spoiler: In fact, the Cordelia we had been seeing for most of the fourth season wasn't exactly Cordelia, strictly speaking, but was her being controlled by a God-like entity. Furthermore, she spends half several episodes of Season 3 on vacation with Groo, and so does not appear then either. She later came BackForTheDead in the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th Episode]], but was later revealed to be DeadAllAlong.]]



* Very common in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Several former main cast members will be downgraded to guest, but still have heavy recurring roles, including Nina Meyers, Sherri Palmer, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, James Heller, Curtis Manning, Charles Logan, Audrey Raines, and Ethan Kanin. On some cases a character will be credited as a regular but only make some recurring appearances (Sherri in Season 2, Tony and Curtis in Season 5), which often led to them being written out shortly after.

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* Very common in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Several former main cast members will be downgraded to guest, but still have heavy recurring roles, including Nina Meyers, Sherri Palmer, Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler, James Heller, Curtis Manning, Charles Logan, Audrey Raines, and Ethan Kanin. On some cases a character will be credited as a regular but only make some recurring appearances (Sherri in Season 2, Tony in Season 5 and Curtis in Season 5), 6), which often led to them being written out shortly after.
18th Mar '17 6:28:52 PM thatother1dude
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A character who at one point was a major character on a show but is now downgraded to a recurring character. This is not quite as extreme as being DemotedToExtra or even PutOnABus, but it can be the first step. This could be because the arc that featured that character has come to an end or, much more likely, the actor is getting ready to leave and this is an excuse to phone in another season. Expect said character to possibly be in every episode, but with drastically less screen time than they used to have, or now only appear every few episodes. Often accomplished by the character [[KickedUpstairs getting a promotion]], moving farther away, [[ConvenientComa put into a coma]], etc.

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A character who at one point was a major character on a show but is now downgraded to a recurring character. This is not quite as extreme as is, instead of being DemotedToExtra or even PutOnABus, but it can be the first step.[[PutOnABus written out entirely]], put in a situation where they will appear sporadically as a RecurringCharacter. This could be because the arc that featured that character has come to an end or, much more likely, the actor is getting ready to leave and this is an excuse to phone in another season. Expect said character to possibly be in every episode, but with drastically less screen time than they used to have, or now only appear every few episodes. Often accomplished by the character [[KickedUpstairs getting a promotion]], moving farther away, [[ConvenientComa put into a coma]], etc.



* In following seasons of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', any new characters introduced in the previous season will often get a lot less screen time. Namely Saturn, Uranus and Neptune at the end of their respective arc, and Usagi/Serena's non-magical classmates from the first season.
* If you are a ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' character and not Nanoha or Fate, you will first be subject to this before finally being DemotedToExtra. Except during ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'', however, as both Nanoha and Fate have very minor roles in the manga and only serve to promote fanservice, while characters introduced in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' and ''[=ViVid=]'' get far more attention.
* All the Chosen Children from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', except for Hikari and Takeru. Justified, since for most of the season the Digimon couldn't evolve through natural means (the protagonists used Digimentals to evolve). Enforced with Mimi and Jou, with the former having moved to New York and the latter going through high school entrance exams. [[spoiler:Though Mimi's moving away became an important plot device as it helped introducing the foreign Chosen.]]
* Most of the cast of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were downgraded to second tier after the Saiyan saga, including Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Puar. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu eventually completely disappear, minus a cameo in the Buu saga, and in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] Yamcha only appears in eye catches and a cameo in two episodes.
** The trend is slightly reversed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where all of the above were present at Bulma's birthday party and almost all of them had at least one significant scene.
* Team Rocket as of the ''Best Wishes'' iteration of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. This was due to major CharacterDevelopment and the undoing of their comedic schpeiel as the GoldfishPoopGang into a more serious threat. Their once-an-episode appearances were downplayed in response to this. They became more prominent again after returning to their comical forms, though still remain absent in occasional episodes to allow Ash's team to remain more proactive.
* Mamiya of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' was initially introduced as an ActionGirl counterpart to Kenshiro and Rei who, while lacking the same [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower martial arts training]] as her male counterparts, could hold her own against most of the thugs she faced. She gradually became less of a major character and more of a romantic interest for Rei as the series progressed and the enemies faced by Ken and Rei became tougher. When Rei was killed off at the end of the Yuda arc, Mamiya was demoted from a main character to a semi-recurring one, making only a couple of later appearances in the manga and TV series.
* The title character of LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex is only a major character for the first arc and maybe one afterwords, but she continues to show up regularly due to her living with the protagonist.

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* In following seasons of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', any new characters introduced in the previous season will often get a lot less screen time. Namely Saturn, Uranus and Neptune at the end of their respective arc, and Usagi/Serena's non-magical classmates from the first season.
* If you are a ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' character and not Nanoha or Fate, you will first be subject to this before finally being DemotedToExtra. Except during ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'', however, as both Nanoha and Fate have very minor roles in the manga and only serve to promote fanservice, while characters introduced in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' and ''[=ViVid=]'' get far more attention.
* All the Chosen Children from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', except for Hikari and Takeru. Justified, since Takeru, appear only occasionally because for most of the season the their Digimon couldn't evolve through natural means (the protagonists used Digimentals to evolve). Enforced with Mimi and Jou, with the former having also moved to New York and the latter going Jou went through high school entrance exams. [[spoiler:Though Mimi's moving away became an important plot device as it helped introducing the foreign Chosen.]]
* Most of the cast of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were downgraded to second tier after the Saiyan saga, including Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Bulma, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Puar. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu eventually completely disappear, minus a cameo in the Buu saga, and in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] Yamcha only appears in eye catches and a cameo in two episodes.
** The trend is slightly reversed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where all of the above were present at Bulma's birthday party and almost all of them had at least one significant scene.
* Team Rocket as of appeared less in the ''Best Wishes'' iteration of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. This was due to major CharacterDevelopment anime, as they TookALevelInBadass and the undoing of their comedic schpeiel as the GoldfishPoopGang into a more serious threat. Their once-an-episode appearances were downplayed in response stopped [[GoldfishPoopGang trying to this. try another half-baked plan every episode]]. They became more prominent again after returning to their comical forms, though still remain absent in occasional episodes to allow Ash's team to remain more proactive.
* Mamiya of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' was initially introduced as an ActionGirl counterpart to Kenshiro and Rei who, while lacking the same [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower martial arts training]] as her male counterparts, could hold her own against most of the thugs she faced. She gradually became less of a major character and more of a romantic interest for Rei as the series progressed and the enemies faced by Ken and Rei became tougher. When Rei was killed off at the end of the Yuda arc, Mamiya was demoted from a main character to a semi-recurring one, making only a couple of later appearances in the manga and TV series.
* The title character of LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex is only a major character for the first arc and maybe one afterwords, but she continues to show up regularly due to her living with the protagonist.
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* This happened to the Franchise/TheFlash in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' because of voice actor Creator/MichaelRosenbaum's commitments on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (though you may not notice simply on the basis that the cast is ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters frickin' huge]])''. He came roaring back for the second and third seasons though (in particular the SeasonFinale of the second season).
** It was particularly bad in season one, where he didn't have any lines at all. When he finally appears early in the second season, he complains to a fellow Leaguer about not getting any respect despite being one of the original seven.
** The Big 7 arguably suffers in the last season. Despite being the main characters, they only appear in less than half of the final thirteen episodes, with some episodes ("Patriot Act," "Grudge Match" and "Alive!") focusing on recurring characters instead. Though ''Patriot Act'' is interesting since it actually still revolves around one of these characters, Franchise/{{Superman}}, even if he barely appears in the episode[[note]]the villain spends the episode calling him out for a fight, and is frustrated that seemingly every hero ''but'' Superman is pitted against him[[/note]]; ''Alive!'' is also different because it actually focuses on the ''villains''; also, since ComicBook/LexLuthor is more of less the [[VillainProtagonist main character]] in that episode, even though he's not one of the Big 7 it still stars someone whose been around longer than every character in the series apart from Franchise/{{Batman}} and, again, Franchise/{{Superman}}, and could even be seen as a subversion ''he'd'' been Commuting On A Bus for several seasons[[note]] Though a villain, in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' he was still more or less part of the main cast, due to his position as an entrenched VillainWithGoodPublicity[[/note]], but starting with the previous season had been getting more and more screen time, culminating in this episode and the GrandFinale.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the character Valerie frequently appeared throughout Season One and Two, playing as the series' main AntiHero. Then she seemingly disappeared throughout Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the GrandFinale. And her [[AbortedArc story arc]] ''wasn't even completed yet''!
* Kenny from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.'' Having exhausted themselves killing him off every episode, the creators tried to kill him off ''permanently,'' but eventually brought him back. However, he no longer dies every episode, and since that was his main gag, he often no longer appears at all, despite being one of the nominal main characters (with Butters largely filling in for his absence).
** Starting with season 12, he seems to be as prominent as he was in seasons 1-5, albeit of course not dying as often.
** Tweek could count as well -- in the middle of the sixth season, he was made the fourth friend in Butters's place, and got significant involvement in most of the subsequent episodes (most notably the "Free Hat" episode, where his friends get captured by Creator/StevenSpielberg and he tried to destroy the remastered ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with a bazooka). Then the story arc with Kenny's spirit trapped within Cartman's body came up, and Tweek was quietly pushed back into the sidelines.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has Spyke. Major character in seasons one and two; season three, he up and joins the Morlocks. Returns once in a ''big'' way after an upgrade, and isn't seen again until the GrandFinale two-parter. However, he was so awesome in his one return episode it made him a prime example of RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.
* Let's put it this way: during the second season of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', '''Meg''' had more episodes focused on her than '''Stewie'''. Now Meg barely appears, and only to remind us that she's the ButtMonkey.

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* This happened to the Franchise/TheFlash in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' because of voice actor Creator/MichaelRosenbaum's commitments on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (though you may not notice simply on the basis that the cast ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Spyke is ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters frickin' huge]])''. He came roaring back for the second and third seasons though (in particular the SeasonFinale of the second season).
** It was particularly bad in season one, where he didn't have any lines at all. When he finally appears early in the second season, he complains to a fellow Leaguer about not getting any respect despite being one of the original seven.
** The Big 7 arguably suffers in the last season. Despite being the main characters, they only appear in less than half of the final thirteen episodes, with some episodes ("Patriot Act," "Grudge Match" and "Alive!") focusing on recurring characters instead. Though ''Patriot Act'' is interesting since it actually still revolves around one of these characters, Franchise/{{Superman}}, even if he barely appears in the episode[[note]]the villain spends the episode calling him out for a fight, and is frustrated that seemingly every hero ''but'' Superman is pitted against him[[/note]]; ''Alive!'' is also different because it actually focuses on the ''villains''; also, since ComicBook/LexLuthor is more of less the [[VillainProtagonist main character]] in that episode, even though he's not one of the Big 7 it still stars someone whose been around longer than every character in the series apart from Franchise/{{Batman}} and, again, Franchise/{{Superman}}, and could even be seen as a subversion ''he'd'' been Commuting On A Bus for several seasons[[note]] Though a villain, in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' he was still more or less part of the main cast, due to his position as an entrenched VillainWithGoodPublicity[[/note]], but starting with the previous season had been getting more and more screen time, culminating in this episode and the GrandFinale.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the character Valerie frequently appeared throughout Season One and Two, playing as the series' main AntiHero. Then she seemingly disappeared throughout Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the GrandFinale. And her [[AbortedArc story arc]] ''wasn't even completed yet''!
* Kenny from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.'' Having exhausted themselves killing him off every episode, the creators tried to kill him off ''permanently,'' but eventually brought him back. However, he no longer dies every episode, and since that was his main gag, he often no longer appears at all, despite being one of the nominal main characters (with Butters largely filling in for his absence).
** Starting with season 12, he seems to be as prominent as he was in seasons 1-5, albeit of course not dying as often.
** Tweek could count as well -- in the middle of the sixth season, he was made the fourth friend in Butters's place, and got significant involvement in most of the subsequent episodes (most notably the "Free Hat" episode, where his friends get captured by Creator/StevenSpielberg and he tried to destroy the remastered ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with a bazooka). Then the story arc with Kenny's spirit trapped within Cartman's body came up, and Tweek was quietly pushed back into the sidelines.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has Spyke. Major
major character in seasons one and two; two. In season three, he up and joins the Morlocks. Returns once in a ''big'' way after an upgrade, Morlocks early on, and isn't seen again until only makes one reappearance before the GrandFinale two-parter. However, he was so awesome in his one return episode it made him a prime example of RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap.
* Let's put it this way: during the second season of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', '''Meg''' had more episodes focused on her than '''Stewie'''. Now Meg barely appears, and only to remind us that she's the ButtMonkey.



* In the first season of the nineties animated ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' show, Beast only appears sporadically, because he's in prison. At the end of the season, he gets out, and becomes a regular from then on.
** This then proceeds to happen to Professor X in season 2. He and Magneto are trapped in the Savage Land and left powerless at the end of the 2-part premiere, so after that we see the two of them every episode or two wandering around it for a few minutes before things switch back to the main action
** Jubilee suffers this through the entire series after season 1. Although she did get a good amount of screen time in the first season as the new addition to the team, after this she often disappears for several episodes without a single mention, or possibly just appears in one scene (such as a 2-parter where Cable and Bishop both wind up crossing paths in the present day). She doesn't even show up during the finales with Mr. Sinister or Dark Phoenix.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has this happen to The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk during season two. If you watch the season in chronological order, he gets arrested in the ninth episode, for a rampage actually caused by ComicBook/RedHulk. Hulk becomes pardoned 13 episodes later, but decides to sort some personal things out before becoming a full-time Avenger again. Frustratingly, the OpeningNarration still calls Hulk an Avenger during his absence, as an example of WolverinePublicity.
* The ''Franchise/GIJoe'' cartoons had this happen to older characters every time the following season had to make room to introduce and plug a new batch of Joes or Cobra agents.
* A fandom-favored gray/blond pegasus in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic[[note]]whose fan nickname remains [[TheScottishTrope a delicate matter]] for {{Creator/Hasbro}}[[/note]] was elevated from LivingProp to SpearCarrier in one episode, but due to InternetBackdraft from a small but vocal minority and further backdraft from the PeripheryDemographic after an OrwellianRetcon became a {{Ghost Extra|s}} in the following season and was completely absent the first several episodes of the next...only to return with massive fanfare for a couple episodes before settling into her previous role as "funny background pony with wonky eyes".

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'':
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In the first season of the nineties animated ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' show, season, Beast only appears sporadically, because he's in prison. At the end of the season, he gets out, and becomes a regular from then on.
** This then proceeds to happen to In season 2, Professor X in season 2. He and Magneto are trapped in the Savage Land and left powerless at the end of the 2-part premiere, so after that we see the two of them every episode or two wandering around it for a few minutes before things switch back to the main action
** Jubilee suffers this through
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the entire series after second season 1. Although she did get a good amount of screen time in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the first season as the new addition to the team, after this she often disappears for several episodes without a single mention, or possibly just appears in one scene (such as a 2-parter where Cable and Bishop both wind up crossing paths in the present day). She doesn't even show up during the finales with Mr. Sinister or Dark Phoenix.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has this happen to The
ComicBook/IncredibleHulk during season two. If you watch the season in chronological order, he gets arrested in the ninth episode, for a rampage actually caused by ComicBook/RedHulk. Hulk becomes pardoned 13 episodes later, but decides to sort some personal things out before becoming a full-time Avenger again. Frustratingly, the OpeningNarration [[WolverinePublicity still calls Hulk an Avenger during his absence, as an example of WolverinePublicity.
* The ''Franchise/GIJoe'' cartoons had this happen to older characters every time the following season had to make room to introduce and plug a new batch of Joes or Cobra agents.
* A fandom-favored gray/blond pegasus in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic[[note]]whose fan nickname remains [[TheScottishTrope a delicate matter]] for {{Creator/Hasbro}}[[/note]] was elevated from LivingProp to SpearCarrier in one episode, but due to InternetBackdraft from a small but vocal minority and further backdraft from the PeripheryDemographic after an OrwellianRetcon became a {{Ghost Extra|s}} in the following season and was completely absent the first several episodes of the next...only to return with massive fanfare for a couple episodes before settling into her previous role as "funny background pony with wonky eyes".
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15th Feb '17 4:27:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the character [[TheHunter Valerie]] frequently appeared throughout Season One and Two, playing as the series' main AntiHero. Then she seemingly disappeared throughout Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the GrandFinale. And her [[AbortedArc story arc]] ''wasn't even completed yet''!

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the character [[TheHunter Valerie]] Valerie frequently appeared throughout Season One and Two, playing as the series' main AntiHero. Then she seemingly disappeared throughout Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the GrandFinale. And her [[AbortedArc story arc]] ''wasn't even completed yet''!
12th Feb '17 1:16:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[Series/BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[TwistedChristmas particularly shocking events]].

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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''.''Radio/TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[Series/BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[TwistedChristmas particularly shocking events]].
15th Jan '17 4:49:36 PM bjex
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* Steven Hill was originally the main star of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', but partway through the first season (after his returning to his roots of Orthodox Judaism meant that he refused to work after sundown on Fridays) he was downgraded to only appearing in a couple scenes per episode.

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* Steven Hill was originally the main star of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', but partway through the first season (after his season, he began returning to his roots of Orthodox Judaism Judaism, and begin observant meant that he refused to work after sundown on Fridays) he the Sabbath. He was downgraded to only appearing in a couple scenes per episode.episode, before being replaced entirely by Peter Graves.
15th Jan '17 3:58:41 AM LondonKdS
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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[Series/BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[SoaplandChristmas particularly shocking events]].

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* Tamsin Greig's big break was playing Debbie Aldridge in ''TheArchers''. Of course, now she's [[LoveSoup famous]] [[Series/BlackBooks for]] [[Series/GreenWing other]] [[{{Literature/Emma}} things]], Debbie has had to move to Hungary, popping back to Ambridge every now and again to comment on [[SoaplandChristmas [[TwistedChristmas particularly shocking events]].
11th Jan '17 5:37:39 PM nombretomado
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* Bree and Taylor on ''{{lonelygirl15}}''.

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* Bree and Taylor on ''{{lonelygirl15}}''.''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15''.
1st Jan '17 7:06:16 PM wuggles
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* Happens to Danny post-season 4 of ''Series/TheMindyProject''. [[spoiler: In universe, he and Mindy split up and he moves to another practice.]]
23rd Dec '16 1:25:00 AM LondonKdS
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** This also occurred with the gradual writing out of the UNIT characters in the transition from the "Earth Exile" period of the Letts/Dicks/Pertwee era to the Hinchcliffe/Holmes/Baker era. The stories set in historical or non-Earth/future settings gradually came to outnumber the contemporary Earth stories, and the appearances of the UNIT characters became increasingly perfunctory, until "The Seeds of Doom" became the first contemporary Earth story with no established characters reappearing.
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